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However even with improvements it still doesn't work comfortably in landscape mode (for 320x480 Palms it's the best way to get readable text while being able to see the entire width of the page).
Errors are still thrown, especially if you run in color mode, but they no longer seem to be show stopping.
Overall I'd say 1.0 is now officially a "usable" PDF reader, in comparison to the 0.8 release which ranked more as a novelty due to it's slow speed and frequent crashs. Though I still think it has a way to go before it is polished enough to rank as a "good" PDF reader. While improved the interface still feels like a horror born of GNU.
.8 was extremely stable on my 650, more stable than many other software - beta or not. True, the GUI isn't as polished as some of the others out there - but I'll never pay Dataviz another $30 to do the same thing no matter how pretty the GUI.
Moreover, Desktop to Go 7 was the most miserably crashy program I have ever used on the 600/650, and version 8 would have to be MILES better to even spend the RAM on it to try it - their registration is terribly complicated to boot, and there is a suspicious persistent Dataviz cookie that keeps reappearing..
Do not waste 600Kb on the bundled Acrobat PDF Palm reader, use this one instead.
Will be keeping an eye on how this develops.
I encourage ramping up your CPUs horsepower all you can to render as fast as possible, but it is very useable and worthy IMO. I'll keep testing it and if it remains so stable, I'll PayPal these guys a little "love offering". :-D
For that price with that functionality on HVGA ... this is a suuuuper product. I'm impressed. Had this been out 6 months ago, it would have a cult following by now. I'm sure the guys at Picsel and DV do not share my optimism. :-/Pat Horne; www.churchoflivingfaith.com
I really wouldn't sa that DTG8 is feature-laden but it WORKS for viewing PDFs and hasn't brought my device to a screeching halt in the way the old Adobe Palm viewer used to do to my T|T. Sadly, that's about the ONLY notable improvement made to DTG8 but if you require PDF viewing on your POS device it's a fine solution IMO. DTG8 also seems a bit more stable and "smoother" in its transitions and opening fils (NVFS optimizations?)
Do note that I have not looked at multi-hundred page filings or e-books or anything like that. My uses of it are limited mostly to personal material and a few work docs such as brochures/sales flyers/propaganda/short documentation etc. that usually ends up being just a dozen or two pages in length. Some of them are less than 10/12 pages total and those pose no problems whatsoever for my TX to read them off of an SD card.Pilot 1000-->Pilot 5000-->PalmPilot Pro-->IIIe-->Vx-->m505-->T|T-->T|T2-->T|C-->T|T3-->T|T5-->TX
That's a good comparison. Although, I thot I rotated a PDF last nite with the palm orientation button? I did notice that feature there and wondered why I would need it for HVGA.
I was very impressed.Pat Horne; www.churchoflivingfaith.com
Are you guys *AT* crossed purposes about the rotation button... option 1 being the hardware orientation button found on LifeDrive and option 2 being the more common soft button found on the status bar of T3/T5/TX?
>> PalmPDF rotates the screen to any orientation>> via its own "software button"
Yes - that's what I've been using.
Text based PDF's (that is PDF's where text content is store as text and not as a pixel-based image / bitmap) are pretty quick to open. Image heavy PDF's can be chuggy to load, but are rendered better than expected on my T3.
Could give Repligo a run for it's money - especially since this software can handle the PDF's natively - wheras Repligo requires a conversion to it's own format first.
Ronin @ 1/18/2006 1:43:43 PM "DTGs pdf reader does not have any find function, palmpdf does."
At the very least, does the Palm global find/search also search/scan PDF documents loaded in DTG8 Premium?
@hkklife'Be eternally disappointed'PDF compatibility through DTG will never be bundled with a Palm handheld. If you check out Dataviz' site, you'll see that PDF compatibility is only avaiable on DTG8 **Premium Edition**. If you click on the link on DV' homepage "does my handheld come with Documents To Go?", you'll see that at best, previous handhelds only came with DTG Professional Edition."Do you know the difference between an error and a mistake? Anyone can make an error, but that error doesn't become a mistake until you refuse to correct it."-Grand Admiral Thrawn
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